EWOC

Eastern Washington Orienteering Club

Upcoming Events Near Spokane Washington

The events below are a combination of EWOC-sponsored events and ones hosted by other clubs in the area that we think people might be interested in.

We are awaiting landowner permission for all events. Check back here as the dates approach to be sure times haven't been adjusted.
    • TBD
      February (?)

      Course Design Class

      Learn the practical aspects of designing courses of various difficulties for club events from Tracy Schoenleber.
      location_on Spokane, WA access_time 6:00-7:30 PM
      The primary job of an orienteering course designer is to create a fun experience for the participants. This class will explore the many considerations that go into making courses practical, fun, fair, and appropriate for people of different abilities.

      Learning how a course designer thinks will benefit you as a course participant, as well. You'll learn about orienteering
      standards and rules, all about control descriptions, the many variations of orienteering, and what an opisometer is.

      After we see how many people are interested in this class we'll decide as a group when and where to meet. Contact me through the contact page if you're interested or have questions.
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        March

        Vancouver Sprint Camp

        Pack a bunch of short orienteering courses into one great weekend in Vancouver, BC courtesy of Greater Vancouver OC.
        Vancouver, BC access_time 5:45 PM Fri - 2:00 PM Sun
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        Sprint Camp packs a lot into one weekend, and you can enjoy the different aspects to whatever degree suits you.

        It's educational. Experienced course designers share good information about designing and running fast courses on very detailed maps.

        It's got great orienteering courses. Pay one fee to run all of the courses you care to, or pay per-course. Compete with some ultra-fast runners to accumulate points in every event, or just participate in the courses you feel like at your own pace.

        The event starts Friday with a night course near the registration. Saturday will have courses in parks on the west side of Vancouver, and Sunday will wrap up with 3 courses on the campus of the University of British Columbia.

        See GVOC's website for everything you need to know.
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          April

          Weird O at Finch Arboretum

          Choose among "weird" or classic orienteering courses at EWOC's traditional April Fools Day event.
          location_on Finch Arboretum, Spokane access_time 11:00 AM - Noon
          EWOC's first event of the year will be at the beautiful Finch Arboretum. Choose from classic orienteering courses or a "Weird-O" course which will bring other skills into play.
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            April

            Sandpoint Street Scramble

            Spend a pleasant afternoon exploring parts of Sandpoint you've probably never seen -- on foot or on a bicycle.
            location_on Litehouse YMCA, Sandpoint, ID access_time 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
            See the sights in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. Compete against others on foot, or bring your bicycle and see even more of the area.

            Longtime Sandpoint resident John Harbuck will design this score-o event on a city map. Everyone will start at 10:00 and have 3 hours to visit as many of the marked locations as they can. To prove you've visited the location you'll answer a question at each such as, "how many geese are in the mural on the west side of the bank?"

            It's a fun afternoon where you'll have the chance explore lots of Sandpoint up close and at your own pace: downtown, residential neighborhoods, parks, and waterfront.

            Meet in front of Litehouse YMCA, but park in the church lot across the street. Register starting at 9:00. Maps will be handed out so you can plan your route starting at 9:45.
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              May

              Free Members Only Event at Mirabeau

              Enjoy the perks of being an EWOC member at a free event in Mirabeau Park, Spokane Valley!
              location_on Mirabeau Park, Spokane Valley access_time 11:00 AM - Noon
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              This members-only event will be free and give you a chance to try out our brand new Sportident timing system. Moving forward, we'll be phasing out the paper punches and using an electronic chip you wear on your finger.

              The event will feature sprint-style courses designed by Tracy Schoenleber.

              The start will be at the shelter in the north meadow.

            4 Days In Riverside

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                June

                The Bowl and Pitcher

                EWOC will host sprint distance courses at Riverside State Park's Bowl and Pitcher.
                Riverside State Park, Spokane access_time 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Thursday
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                We kick off 4 straight days of orienteering in and around Riverside State Park with shortish courses near the Bowl and Pitcher campground.

                Remember to bring your Washington State Discover Pass for parking.
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                  June

                  Camp 7-Mile

                  Day 2 of 4, orienteering in around Riverside State Park.
                  Riverside State Park, Spokane access_time 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Friday
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                  John Harbuck will design classic distance courses on the northern end of Riverside State Park known as Camp 7-Mile.

                  Camp 7-Mile is a great area for orienteering with varying topography and different densities of forests.

                  This will be a B-meet at our regular club event prices.
                  We expect more people than usual with possibly some of our friends from the Seattle orienteering club making the trip. Come meet them and give them some good competition!
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                    June

                    Forest Sprint at Fisk State Park

                    Cascade Orienteering Club hosts this event on a new map here in our own backyard.
                    Fisk State Park, Nine Mile Falls access_time TBD Saturday
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                    Members of Cascade OC (Seattle) designed this map of a conservation area along the Spokane River 24 miles northwest of downtown Spokane.

                    Day 1 of their events will feature sprint distance courses (roughly the length you would expect at most of our club events.)

                    Check out cascadeoc.org/events as their plans firm up.
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                      June

                      Middle Distance at Fisk State Park

                      This is a short description for the event describing what it's about
                      Fisk State Park, Nine Mile Falls access_time TBD Sunday
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                      This will be the second day of Cascade OC hosted events in the Spokane area. This day will feature middle distance courses.

                      Information will be posted on their website as the event gets closer.

                    4 Days In Riverside

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                        September

                        Liberty Lake

                        A Sunday afternoon event. Open to all -- but FREE for members!
                        location_on Liberty Lake County Park, Liberty Lake access_time 1:oo PM - 2:00 PM
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                        Due to County Park rules, we can't collect money at this venue — so it's FREE for members. If you're not a member, please Venmo Tracy $10 per start on the intermediate or advanced course or $8 for the novice course by early Friday.

                        Please be aware that the park collects a $2 per person fee at the gate whether you're orienteering or not. Make it worth it and stay for a lakeside picnic after the event!

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                          October

                          Vampire O

                          Family-friendly night event in Manito Park.
                          location_on Manito Park, Spokane access_time 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
                          Join EWOC for the 16th annual Vampire-O in Manito Park — our only night event of the year.

                          30 controls will be placed all over Manito Park. Starting at 6:30, everyone will have one hour to find as many of them as they can and get back to the start before time runs out. Controls have different values depending on how far from the start they are or how hard they are to get to.

                          Also — one among you will be a vampire. If the vampire shines the magic red light on you, you'll lose a few points and become the vampire till you get someone else.

                          Registration is 5:45 - 6:15 and there will be more people than at most of our events. You'll get your map as soon as you are registered so you can begin planning your route. Rules and the methods for avoiding vampire bites will be explained beginning at 6:15.

                          This event is Halloween-themed but meant to be family friendly. Contact course designer Tracy Schoenleber via the
                          contact page if you have any questions about whether this event is appropriate for you or your family.
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